FireBlast on Norway


Dec 2, 2000
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From The Miami Herald.com:

NTSB: Poor operation, maintenance led to deadly cruise ship blast
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MIAMI -- A boiler explosion on the cruise ship SS Norway that killed eight crew members in 2003 was likely caused by Norwegian Cruise Line's improper operation, maintenance and inspection of the steam chamber, federal investigators said.

Part of the boiler had "extensive fatigue cracking" and deteriorated materials that weakened the metal and caused it to rupture under the intense steam pressure, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report quietly adopted in October.

Evidence "indicates that NCL shipboard engineers were aware of the cracking condition but did not take appropriate action to fix the problem," the report said.
Full story at http://www.miamiherald.com/business/AP/story/375604.html
 
Dec 2, 2000
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From The Miami Herald:

Cruise line pleads guilty in deadly blast
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Federal prosecutors on Friday charged Norwegian Cruise Line with gross negligence almost five years after a boiler explosion on the historic SS Norway killed eight crew members and seriously injured 10 others in the Port of Miami.

The U.S. attorney's office said Norwegian agreed to plead guilty to the criminal charge, which alleges the cruise line operated the vessel in a ``grossly negligent manner that endangered the lives, limbs and property of the persons on board.''

Norwegian is liable for at least $500,000 in criminal penalties for the deadliest accident on a U.S.-based ocean liner in more than a decade. The cruise line also has agreed to carry out safety inspections of its vessels with an independent consultant.
For the rest, go to http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/story/519297.html

Comment: That was a fast resolution! Still, with that damning NTSB report, if they had tried to plead innocent, they would have had to put the trial on hold because it would have taken the jury an hour to stop laughing!​
 

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